Speak Out for Feb. 3, 2014
January 31, 2014 2:34PM
SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "Congrats to St. Christopher School in Midlothian for raising the money to stay open. I think they've got more spunk and determination than some towns in the area." | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 4, 2014 6:12AM
My wife of 52 years was making a trip to the store. After parking the car she took about 10 steps, lost her footing and fell into a large pile of plowed snow. Unable to get up in the subzero temperature she laid there to be discovered by three passersby who helped her to her feet and probably saved her life. To these good Samaritans we send our deepest gratitude. Thankfully the only thing hurt was her pride.
It seems football players from Northwestern University think it’s a good idea for the college players to form a union. The professional players are all in unions too. I think the fans should form a union. After all, we are the ones who go to the games and ultimately pay their salary. So if we attend a game and our team doesn’t win, then we get our money back for the ticket plus travel expenses. One union deserves another.
A recent SouthtownStar article highlighted Tim and Tom Carney. On a subzero January evening, the Carney brothers came to the assistance of stranded motorist Brian McVey. The kind act of these boys was most appreciated. Mom and Dad Carney must be filled with pride. You have raised two sons who parents would be proud of. Building character begins at home. Your sons are a testament to that theory.
Bernadine from Palos Heights
I’ll admit that I’m not up to speed regarding this state pension crisis, but the main problem I see with the state pension system is the workers are letting politicians in Illinois control it. They sure love to collect the money and, of course, they are going to shortchange you later when it suits their agenda because they are holding all the money. Maybe there needs to be a worker representative within the system to make sure the money is paid out like it was promised.
Is it because the media bombards us with trivial news that we don’t notice the real important stuff because it evolves slowly? For instance, many medical advances have improved our lives, but because those advances take years to develop, they don’t sustain the fast-feed method of news reporting. Take heart. Good things are happening, regardless of pop star Justin Bieber’s latest arrest.
President Obama is being called a dictator because he said he would use executive orders to get something done. Previous presidents signed hundreds of executive orders and I don’t think any were referred to as dictators, except by their enemies perhaps.
A Speak Out commenter asked why we should thank the snowplow drivers. I drove a plow for six years. When you are sleeping, these guys are out all night long fighting the elements so it’s safe for you to go to work in the morning. This is just one of many reasons to thank the snowplow drivers.
Ken from Burbank
After weeks of negotiations, a Southland car dealership decided to honor at least part of the warranty. My 74-year-old mother signed a five-year warranty for a rebuilt transmission, which she paid $5,500 for this great extended warranty. As it turned out, she needed it. The transmission went out in two years. At first, the dealership wasn’t going to honor the warranty due to what they deemed as a mistaken warranty on that transmission. After almost a full month of bantering, they said they’d get her a new transmission and give her a 12-month warranty on the new one. Buyers beware.
Every time I read Speak Out complaints about poor people on welfare, I have to laugh. I think you should expand your knowledge. I read that the NFL office is considered a nonprofit organization. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $29 million in 2011. That doesn’t sound to me like the NFL needs a tax break. I think this is one of the many scams going on in the United States. And you are all worried about someone that has nothing. The corporate welfare we pay out far exceeds the welfare we give to poor people. Folks, start complaining about that.
Chicago and many of its surrounding suburbs are already complaining about their dwindling budgets and salt supplies. It is no surprise that they did not save any of the previous years’ surpluses for a winter like this one and, of course, none of them is telling how that leftover money was spent.
Isn’t it grand that President Obama returns from his 17-day, $4-million vacation in Hawaii just in time to lecture us about income inequality? Now that’s audacity.
Everyone has heard of driving under the influence and the emphasis the police have put on this problem. I think we should come up with DWT, that is driving while texting. We should have road stops for that. It should be just as dangerous to drive while texting as a DUI. The fines and penalties should be similar. There is nothing so important that you need to text while driving.
Pete from Oak Lawn